First of all, I want to congratulate Trigometric Sdn Bhd for their new catalogue; "Hong Kong & Macau Numismatic Reference 1st edition". The books published by International Numismatic Foundation discusses about Hong Kong banknotes & coins along with Macau banknotes.

Numismatic Reference

According to Trigometric, market prices that written in the book is based on the Hong Kong dollar not Malaysia Ringgit. They also told me reference code in this book will be used as a Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) reference code. The book has been released by Trigometric on 24 July 2014. They publish this book for the Hong Kong and Macau market but they also planned to sell quarter of their books in Malaysia.

Book Contents:
Hong Kong coins
1. British Trade Dollar
2. Queen Victoria
3. King Edward VII
4. King George V
5. King George VI
6. Queen Elizabeth II
7. Bauhinia Flower Series
8. Commemorative coins series
9. Commemorative gold coins series

Hong Kong & Macau Banknotes
10. Asiatic Banking Corporation
11. The Oriental Bank Corporation
12. Agra & United Service Bank Limited
13. The Bank of Hindustan, China & Japan
14. The Commercial Bank Corporation of India & The East
15. The National Bank of China Limited
16. Hong Kong Japanese Occupation Issues
17. Mercantile Bank Limited
18. Government of Hong Kong
19. Government of Hong Kong Emmergency Issue
20. Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited
21. Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited
22. Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited
23. Banco Da China (Macau)
24. Banco Nacional Ultramarino (Macau)
25. Hong Kong Commemorative issues
26. Banco Da China (Macau) Commemorative issues
27. Banco Nacional Ultramarino (Macau) Commemorative issues
28. Hong Kong Uncut Banknotes
29. Macau Uncut Banknotes

I'd love to see how they provide pictures to explain about coin varieties for some coins. Hopefully in the future edition they can provide a complete pictures for the coin varieties and also a section for Macau coins. All the coins and banknotes pictures are in full color.


1st edition of KN Boon educational reference book for Hong Kong & Macau. The catalog cover information, pictures and market value for Hong Kong banknotes & coins along with Macau banknotes from 1846 until 2014.
Published by: International Numismatic Foundation
Date published: 07/24/2014
Edition: 1st Edition
ISBN: 9-789834-331375
Available in Paperback
Release Price: RM75
Pages: 300

You can visit Trigometric Sdn Bhd at Amcorp Mall to get your copies of the book. Special price will be given to all Trigo Members and for all dealer. You can also order the book via phone or email and they will send it to you using poslaju (poslaju charges RM10 for Peninsular).

Trigometric Sdn Bhd
Lot 327, Amcorp Mall,
18 Jalan Persiaran Barat,
Off Jalan Timur,
Petaling Jaya
46050 Selangor,
Malaysia
Tel: 603-79579566
Fax: 603-79579568
Email: trigo3833(at)yahoo.com
Open everyday, 10am to 6pm only, except Monday.

Thank you to Trigometric Sdn Bhd for the complimentary copy.

On August 21st 2014, a British Trade Dollar struck in gold sold US$200,000 in Hong Kong Coin Auction 57 by A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd and auction partner Ma Tak Wo Numismatic Co Ltd. The extremely rare 1902B coin is a Johanna Austin Collection (ex Spink auction 94, 14 October 1992, lot 809) come in a PCGS holder graded PR64DCAM.

gold trade dollar

The proceeds of the sale of Johanna Austin's collection will go to the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath, England.

gold Trade Dollar

The British Trade dollar was declared legal tender on 2 February 1895 by an Order of Council in the Straits Settlements, Hong Kong and Labuan (off the north-west coast of British North Borneo). This coin is minted by Bombay Mint, India with the mint mark "B", located in the center prong of the trident. According to KN Boon 7th edition book, all gold proofs were specially struck at the request of a private individual who supplied the necessary bullion and paid the prescribed minting charges. They are more correctly referred to as proof restrikes.

1866 half dollar

Another top performing lots is a 1866 Hong Kong half dollar proof silver coin realised US$90,000 against a US$20,000 estimate. The coin is graded in PCGS holder PR66 with a deep iridescent tone. It is believed the proofs were struck in London (where the dies were made). The beautiful coin is from Johanna Austin Collection.

Cao Kun Dollar

1922 Tsao Kun Gold Dollar surpassed its estimate US$20,000 to realize US$75,000. The coin came in ANACS holder graded MS64. Tsao Kun was a President of Republic China and military leader of the Zhili clique in the Beiyang Army, he also served as trustee of the Catholic University of Peking.

Hsu Shih-Chang

Hsu Shih-Chang Gold Dollar, Year 10 (1921) also surpassed its estimate US$20,000 to realize US$70,000. The gold coin is graded by ANACS MS64 with a small crack on face of plastic holder that does not affect the coin. its commemorates the 5th president of the Republic of China, Hsu Shih Chang, who hold the longest presidency during the China warlord era.

Tai Ch’ing Copper

CD1909 Honan Province Copper Pattern 20-Cash Tai Ch’ing type realised US$60,000 from the original estimate US$2,000. The coin struck on an oversize flan is from the Åke Lindén Collection. It is an ex Norman Jacobs collection, Hong Kong Coin Auction 44, 27 August 2008, lot 174. Dr Jacobs noted “very rare” on his original envelope (sold with the coin).

Source: Baldwin


16 August 2014, Steven Tan 21st edition Catalogue or better known as "Standard Catalogue Of Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei Coin & Paper Money 21st edition" has been released by International Stamp & Coin Sdn Bhd and edited by Steven Tan. The best thing about the new book is a the new updated price are much better than the old 20th edition Steven Tan Book, way much better.

Steven Tan book

Many people are dissapointed with the price update on the 20th edition book because market price at that time was much higher than what is written in that book. Thanks to the new catalogue, we can get a good reference for Malaysia coins and banknotes market price. However, you may be able to see some of the items do not have price tags or just a symbol RRR/Rare. This is because the market price for that item is constantly changing.

Master Sifu Steven Tan has called several dealers to help him with the market valuations for some of its item. You can find it in his acknowledgements:
"Many thanks to Mr. Tan Eng Wan, Mr. Steven Aw, Mr. Dickson Niew, Khoo Collections Enterprise and King Banknote Collection who have kindly in helping me in the market valuations"

He don't mention which part of the coins and banknotes that they help him for market valuations but I will assume it is for Malaysia coins and banknotes. In my last meeting with him during MNS Auction 160, he told me that he made a comparison between the dealers market prices before making a decision for the coin/banknote price in the book.

There is little argument with my friends about the price for some of the Malaysia banknotes but I think Master Sifu Steven Tan have his own reasons for that.

Market prices for coincard also has been improved, for me it is very satisfactory when compared to the price of the old catalogue.

The new list for Malaysia coin varieties are not complete if you want to compared it with Master Sifu Saran Singh; Coins of Malaysia die varieties and varieties list. Many of the varieties are still not listed in the book. However, for a start, this is enough for Malaysia coin varieties collectors. Hopefully this will also change the perception of newbies about 'dot coins'. Many newbies has been thinking that any coin with extra dot can get a high price. Steven Tan has listed the varieties for 10 sen 1971 (V1, V2, V3) with a little bit information about them.

What's new:
  • First and last prefix for Malaysia banknotes including market price.
  • Detailed market price for Malaysia replacement banknotes.
  • List of Signatures for Singapore banknotes.
  • Malaysia banknotes series title with the BNM governor signature according to their series.
  • New Malaya Japanese occupation medals.
  • New Jim overprints of the Anti-Japanese armies notes.
  • New list of Malaysia coin varieties including market price.
  • New list of Malaysia UNC circulation coin set including market price.
  • To avoid confusion, he has transferred The Malaysia Coin Official Proof Sets in presentation case items according to their commemorative coins type.

To anyone who want to buy this book, you can contact any dealer near you, a list can be found in here; Malaysia coin dealer.

You can also buy this book directly from Sifu Steven Tan:
International Stamps & Coin Sdn Bhd
Address: 2.4 & 2.5, 2nd Floor, Pertama Shopping Complex,
Jln Tuanku Abdul Rahman, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan.
Tel: +603-2692 6373, 26983781, 26926117
Fax: +603-26928380
E-mail: isc_mal[at]streamyx.com, isc.mal[at]gmail.com

Thank you to International Stamps & Coin Sdn Bhd for the complimentary copy.